#Language

.Cologne, Germany
The Lufthansa group includes Lufthansa, Eurowings and Brussels Airlines. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • The Lufthansa group confirmed its airlines will ditch the traditional "ladies and gentlemen" greetings
  • "Diversity and equality are core values for our company," the company said
  • Other airlines have taken similar steps in recent years, like Japan’s JAL in 2020

.Cincinnati, OH, USA
Zaila Avant-garde is from New Orleans.

  • Zaila Avant-garde aspires to play in the WNBA
  • She is the first Black winner since Jody-Anne Maxwell of Jamaica in 1998
  • Avant-garde says spelling is her side hobby

.Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Duolingo was launched in November 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@duolingo)

  • Duolingo's last confirmed valuation was $2.4 billion in November 2020
  • Documents show that Duolingo advertised its revenue and growth to potential investors
  • The app had grown by 97% to $55.4 million in terms of revenue in the first quarter of 2021

.Riga, Latvia
The language Livonian, spoken in Latvia, is spoken by an estimated population of around 200, today. (Photo Credit: Representative Image/Unsplash)

  • One of Europe’s smallest ethnic groups fights to safeguard its language Livonian
  • In medieval times, the Finno-Ugric race of fishermen as many as 30,000 people spoke Livonian
  • Extensive involvement in intermarriage and Soviet Union's reprisals resulted in the community's fragmentation  

.Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
MP Shashi Tharoor threatened to take legal action against an English learning app, which claimed that it can make students 'Speak English as fluently as Shashi Tharoor.' (Photo Credit: Instagram/Shashi Tharoor)

  • The app used Tharoor's photo and name without his permission to promote their English speaking course
  • Tharoor said he does not endorse the learning app in any way
  • The advertisement of the app said: 'Speak English as fluently as Shashi Tharoor'

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu virtually releases the book titled 'Parliamentary Messenger in Rajasthan'. (PTI Photo)

  • International Mother Language Day is observed on February 21 every year
  • It was first announced by UNESCO in 1999
  • In a letter to members of Parliament, Venkaiah Naidu said the mother tongue is the 'soul of life'

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
40% of global population do not have access to an education in a language they speak or understand. (Photo Credit: Representative Image/Unsplash)

  • International Mother Language day is celebrated to promote multilingualism
  • This year's theme is "Fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society"
  • UNESCO says cultural and linguistic diversity is essential for sustainable societies

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Following PM Narendra Modi's address announcing India's COVID-19 recovery package, there was a sharp increase in the usage of the term 'aatmanirbharta.' (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • In his address, PM Narendra Modi emphasised the need for India to become self-reliant
  • 'Aadhar' was the Hindi word of the year in 2017 and 'Nari Shakti' in 2018
  • Oxford Hindi word of the year reflects the ethos, mood or preoccupations of the passing year

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
World Hindi Day is celebrated annually on January 10. (Picture credits: Representational image/Pixabay)

  • January 10 marks the first World Hindi Conference that took place in 1975
  • World Hindi Day is elebrated at various Indian Embassies through cultural events 
  • The day is often confused with the National Hindi Divas which is celebrated annually on September 14

.Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
World Hindi Day commemorates the greatness of the Hindi Language.(Photo Credit: Twitter/@IndEmbassyBru)

  • World Hindi Day is celebrated by people all over the world on January 10
  • Several Indian Embassies in countries like Belgium, Sudan, etc took to Twitter to celebrate it
  • People of Indian origin who take pride in the Hindi also organise events to spread awareness